Sep. 29

 

Is The Collected Look Out of Style?

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Noted New York antique dealer, Niall Smith, says in an article in the October Elle Decor, that the collected look is “definitely out.” Granted he calls it the “cluttered look.” But the implication is that decorating with multiple groupings of objects gathered leisurely is no longer fashionable. He adds “simplicity is in.”

Of course, no one likes clutter. But I believe that a home where collections are varied and accumulate over time, still holds great appeal.

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Sep. 22

 

Use Your iPad to Choose Paint Colors With An App From House Beautiful

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne.  At the What’s New; What’s Next conference, House Beautiful demonstrated their app to help you select your paint colors.

You choose your room, the “mood” you want, even the light direction and a “color river” appears across your screen.  Tap on a color that appeals to you to get all of the specifics, including manufacturer and number.  You can set your iPad screen to display the color in full screen mode—much larger than a chip.  You can even find out what colors go with your chosen hue, thereby helping you develop a palette.  

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Sep. 21

 

WHAT’S NEW; WHAT’S NEXT: House Beautiful Names Purple The Hot New Color Trend

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne.  So its official.  Purple is HOT. 

Yesterday in their presentation on color, the editors of House Beautiful magazine named purple as the new color trend.  I started seeing ripples of a purple craze almost 2 years ago and blogged about it in January 2010.  Click here to see early manifestations of the trend.

Now, those purple ripples have grown into a full force tidal wave.  According to HB’s style editor Sabine Rothman, the color’s charms include its broad range of expression (there are a great variety of  hues), which results in the creation of many moods.  HB illustrated their point with some photos from their magazine.

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Sep. 21

 

WHAT’S NEW, WHAT’S NEXT: Inspiration And Innovation From The Empress Of Seventh Avenue

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne.  How appropriate  that the release of a book on the woman responsible for putting American fashion on the map should be feted at a conference on the latest innovations and trends in design.  Eleanor Lambert would be the first to want to know “what’s new, what’s next”.

No, scratch that.  She would be the first to tell you what’s new, what’s next.

As John Tiffany  describes in his new book, Eleanor Lambert: Still Here, Eleanor Lambert’s efforts as a publicity agent established American fashion as we know it today.   She is responsible for creating the Best-Dressed List, the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Costume Institute and Fashion Week.

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Sep. 19

 

REMINDER: What’s New What’s Next Conference At 200 Lex

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne.  Just a quick reminder that the fabulous What’s New What’s Next conference is scheduled for tomorrow, September 20 at the New York Design Center at 200 Lexington Avenue.  Here is all of the information you need. Click on it for full screen mode.

As a blogger ambassador for the conference, I will pay a visit  at 5:15  to the  Couture Showroom for a book signing of the book by John A. Tiffany, Eleanor Lambert: Still Here.  We all know how much fashion influences interior design.  The Couture Showroom, which features the furniture of Vladimir Kagan, is the perfect setting for a book  on the woman who created the Best-Dressed List, the Council of Fashion Designers of America , the Coty and CFDA awards and Fashion Week!  High fashion in furniture hosts the Empress of Seventh Avenue. My blog will cover this event, plus other presentations at the conference.  Do stop by.  I would love to meet you.  

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